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Parenting and Caregiving Resources

There is perhaps no other issue that keeps families up at night than the safety, mental health and well-being of the people in our care.  Parenting in the pandemic continues to be hard, whether you have young children, are struggling with supervision and educational supports for school-aged children, or have dependents in need of full-time care.


Support for Families: JHU & JHHS Human Resources 

  • Session was held 10/08/20                        

    Hear from Johns Hopkins experts in education, mental health and medicine about the latest recommendations, resources, and guidance Speakers include: Karen Swartz, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry Carisa Parrish, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry Annette Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education Heidi Conway, Vice President for Human Resources

    Click here to listen 


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School Resources

Resources for parents and families to help navigate return to school during the pandemic.

Schools and COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions from Parents and Caregivers
FAQs for parents and caregivers of students in K-12 schools in the US, created by the Consortium for School Based Health Solutions, in partnership with the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education and the Bloomberg Philanthropies.

COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know
Have questions about the COVID vaccine for children? Hopkins experts answer questions posed by parents and caregivers about the vaccine for different aged children.

COVID-19 and Schools: Interview Series
Interested in the impact of COVID-19 on schools, teachers, students and staff? Watch the Interview Series from the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools 

Getting your Child Ready for Back to School
On this week’s On Call for All Kids, Rachel Dawkins, M.D., FAAP, medical director of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, reminds parents about the most important things as they prepare for the beginning of the school year.

5 Tips to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety
The transition back to class as summer ends can be a stressful time for children and parents alike. Some anxiety is a normal response, but parents should know the difference between normal back-to-school jitters and anxiety that warrants clinical attention.

Back-to-School Guide for Parents
School is an important part of every child’s life. And there is a lot you can do as a parent to help your child realize his or her full potential. Our back-to-school guide, filled with tips from Johns Hopkins experts, will help you become a partner in your child’s education, health and wellness.

Back-to-School Health: Tips for Parents Infographic
Explore this infographic to learn important ways you can support your child’s health from preschool to graduation day.

A Woman's Journey Conversations that Matter: Preparing Children to Return to School
August's A Woman's Journey Conversations that Matter webcast series features psychiatrist and former public school teacher Hal Kronsberg, M.D., discussing the signs of anxiety that children may be feeling about returning to school after a tumultuous year of virtual learning.

Finding Daycare/Childcare

Johns Hopkins Medicine Resources for Finding Childcare

  • All Johns Hopkins Medicine employees have access to Premium Membership benefits from, an on-line service to find and manage care for childcare, eldercare and household help.

    One of the expanded benefits under Covid is Backup Care.  You can request in-home or in-center Backup Care for children. In-home Backup Care for adults can support an elderly parent so that you don’t have to take time off from work. 

    JHM employees are eligible for up to 20 days of discounted back up care to use when your regular care is not available, especially during interruptions caused by COVID-19. Log on to for your back up care benefits. 

  •  All Johns Hopkins Medicine employees and their household family members have free 24/7 access to confidential counseling and referral services for help with caregiving and stress at work or at home, and other challenges.  

    Johns Hopkins University:
    443-997-7000, Option #2

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Johns Hopkins Healthcare, Johns Hopkins Home and Community-Based Services:
    443-997-7000, Option #2

    Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital:

  • Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University employees can use LOCATE: Child Care Corporate Enhanced Referral Service which provides customized referral services and child care information.  

    Johns Hopkins faculty and staff/fully benefited Johns Hopkins hospital and health systems employees, including full-time postdocs, residents, and doctoral students who are fully funded by a wage or stipend, please complete the LOCATE: Child Care Johns Hopkins Registration Form. Once your registration form is received, our Corporate Enhanced Service will contact you as soon as possible. 

    You may also contact us at 800.999.0120 , option 2, or

    Applied Physics Laboratory employees, please contact the APL Employee Assistance Program or the LOCATE Community Line Service at 877.261.0060 .  


Childcare Centers with Priority for Johns Hopkins Families 

Several childcare centers offer admission and waitlist priority to Johns Hopkins families.  Please note criteria for each center.  Contact your Human Resources Department with questions for  Johns Hopkins University or Johns Hopkins Health System.

  • The Homewood Early Learning Center, located at the corner of Wyman Park Drive and Remington Avenue, offers a nurturing, high-quality environment where children have the time and space to develop at their own pace. Downtown Baltimore Child Care operates the center, which accommodates children ages 10 weeks through preschool, and is open to all, including community members. Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents.

    Homewood Early Learning Center 

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center, also operated by Downtown Baltimore Child Care, is a premier early learning facility whose teachers and staff believe all children deserve the best education from the earliest age. The product of years of planning by leading child advocates, the state-of-the-art Weinberg ECC, located near the East Baltimore campus, provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children using the latest evidence-based approaches to ensure children start school ready to learn. The center’s 12-month, full-day operation serves a diverse mixed-income community of children and families who live and/or work in the Eager Park neighborhood and beyond. Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents.

    Weinberg Early Childhood Center

  • Located on the East Baltimore campus, the Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center is designed to serve full-time faculty and staff, full-time day students, house staff, and fellows of the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health; and full-time employees of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Health System, and Bayview Medical Center. The center is open to children ages 6 weeks through preschool for full-time care.  The center is operated by Bright Horizons.

    Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center 

  • Downtown Baltimore Child Care provides early education and child care to a diverse community. Children of Johns Hopkins University employees receive preferential admission.

    Downtown Baltimore Child Care

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Y Preschool Center offers priority placement for children ages 2 to 5 of full-time Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff. The Weinberg Y is on East 33rd Street in Waverly, conveniently located near both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses.

    Preregister your child to join the wait list.

  • The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Child Care Center has 32 spaces for children 2 to 5 years of age. Priority is given to employees of Bayview Medical Center. 

External Resources for Finding Childcare 

  • Komae is an on-line co-op matching service which helps families form groups or pods in which they can barter/trade babysitting and care; discuss creative options. 
  • matches available students with essential workers in need of informal, unlicensed child care in their own home.  Their mission is to serve healthcare providers and other essential workers, patients, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregivers provide in-person tutoring, babysitting, online tutoring, pet-walking/sitting, grocery runs, and errands. 

  • The Baltimore Health Professionals Mutual Aid Cooperative is a grassroots effort started by Hopkins Resident Physicians, connecting student volunteers with Frontline Healthcare workers, Provider and Nurses in Baltimore City. 

    Register or contact for more information.  The group also developed a list of childcare options


Supporting the Mental Health of Parents

Mental Health strategies for parents during Covid from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Practical strategies for reducing stress while balancing work and home life. Designed with Hopkins employees, staff, and faculty in mind for coping with parenting stress during COVID19. From Dr. Carisa Parrish-Child Psychology, Child Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Watch two of the sessions below by clicking on link

Staying at Home During COVID-19: How to Help Teens Cope

Supporting the Mental Heath of Children

Johns Hopkins Medicine Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) educates high school students, their parents, and their teachers about the illness of depression. We aim to increase awareness and decrease stigma about mood disorders in young people to help them get the treatment they need. In this series of one minute videos, Dr. Karen Swartz and colleagues from the JHM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences speak to parents, caregivers and friends about how to recognize symptoms of depression in teens.

Learn more about Major Depression symptoms:

Resources for Eldercare

Our work at Johns Hopkins in hard. For our faculty and staff caring for older family members and loved ones, the work does not end at the end of shift. Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful, and most caregivers experience demands on time, energy, and emotions.

Caregiving can take on many forms: buying groceries, cooking meals, assistance with personal care, dispensing medicine, managing and navigating healthcare, and providing companionship and emotional support.

We highlight the following resources to help support you.

Johns Hopkins Support Programs

 Johns Hopkins research on Eldercare 

Learn about research on aging through the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health.

Learn more new findings on caregiving strain among medical school faculty.

Health articles on caregiving and eldercare

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